Three Developments In Downtown Boston To Watch In 2016

Posted January 4, 2016 by Brian Keaney in Business
Millennium Tower View

Boston is a city that is forever redefining itself. From it’s earliest days as a far flung colonial port town, to the Athens of America, and through the present day, the Hub of the Universe is continually upgrading and working to live up to the title. In this new year, there are three projects in particular that point towards a bright future for the city we call home.

Millennium Tower Boston

Photo courtesy of Millennium Partners

Mayor Marty Walsh speaks in front of Millennium Tower Boston at the topping off ceremony. Photo courtesy of Millennium Partners

Nowhere in Boston can this continued redefinition be seen quite like it is in Downtown Crossing. The newest addition to the Boston skyline is nearly complete in the gleaming Millennium Tower Boston. Recently topped off at a ceremony attended by Mayor Marty Walsh, it will stand 685 feet tall when completed this summer.

Boasting 442 condos, of which 90% have already been sold and the first of which will be occupied in July, only the John Hancock building and the Prudential Center will be taller. Neither of those landmark buildings can boast the views Millennium Tower Boston will have, however. Surrounded by Boston Common, the Statehouse, the Charles River, and Boston Harbor, residents of the penthouses will be able to look deep into New England from their lofty perch. Residents of the stories below can put the address of one of Boston’s hottest new properties on their stationary.

Residents will have access to incredible amenities, including a two story Club featuring a lounge, screening room, indoor pool, private dining room, and spa.  The fitness area on the second level has enough equipment to keep everyone in shape, plus rooms for group lessons, Pilates, a children’s activity area, and more.

Government Center Project

Just steps from the Tower, the MBTA is finishing a two year renovation of the Government Center station. The glass structure above ground is already visible, and work continues below with an expected opening this spring. When complete, it will transform one of the oldest stations in the country’s oldest subway system into a fully accessible, safer, modern, more comfortable facility.

Commuters on the Blue and Green lines will find more vendors, increased security, and an improved public address system under the headhouse. The headhouse itself, in addition to being made of clear glass, creates a new landmark for the city while having only a minimal impact on existing surface views of the Old North Church. Even better, riders who are ascending to street level will now be able to see the “one if by land, two if by sea” church as they ride up the escalators.

Center Plaza

Across the street from the station, Center Plaza is about to undergo a $25 million renovation that will add an additional 30,000 square feet of new space, including a penthouse on the main building. The ground level addition will add retail and restaurant space, while the rooftop will gain a garden.

Pedestrians walking through the street level arcade along Cambridge and Tremont Streets will no doubt enjoy the new pavers, benches, lighting, and greenery that are designed to make it “more like an outdoor veranda.” Perhaps most notably, the concrete facades overlooking City Hall Plaza and constructed in the Brutalist style, will receive facelifts.

When completed, it is expected that the buildings, which were originally constructed in the 1960s and 1970s, will be LEED gold certifiable.